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Comment: It's almost as though the two-party system's farce (Score 1) 1

by smitty_one_each (#47952897) Attached to: Warren and Sanders... Sanders and Warren
I mean, if I were less credulous, I might think that the Progressive Project was all a big scam to skew the ratio of elected representatives in favor of a vast bureaucracy that was servant to a small number of oligarchs.
If only there were some. . .document. . .some legal piece of paper. . .that could have ensured better checks and balances, and kept the government a legitimate servant of the people. Such a document would have to be kept as clear and simple as the U.S. Constitution to have even a chance at success, however.

Comment: Re:You wanted his strategy... (Score 1) 15

by smitty_one_each (#47951505) Attached to: Heh
No, what's really afoot here is the mismatch between the U.S. Constitution as written, and the post-Industrial Revolution world, when the Atlantic Ocean ain't no moat no mo'.
I'm pretty confident that Isolationism no worky-worky, but Interventionism has also been shown to be kinda bust.
What to do?

Comment: Re:For some, no other usable choice (Score 1) 31

by smitty_one_each (#47951467) Attached to: More Than Enough - Comcast declares war on Tor're being downright deceitful.

Are you giving me the Full Damn_Registrars here?
I may have ventured into occasional hyperbole for comic effect, sir, but Let Me Be Perfectly Clear: I'm not wasting anyone's time by being less than honest about anything. So if you're accusing me of being a fear merchant, we can cease communications.
If you're making a general point about the full spectrum of "christianity", then sure: you can trivially find any example of any perversion under the sun.
Accusing me of being a fear merchant is exactly the same thing as saying that all Muslims are terrorists, based upon the madness of a fraction of the lot.

Comment: Re:It's the early morning people who are nuts (Score 1) 119

by WolfWithoutAClause (#47946175) Attached to: 'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

Actually, coffee may be part of that.

Turns out that coffee delays the build up of some chemical that makes you tired... i.e. it makes your body clock run slow, when taken in the morning.

However, if you take it late at night, before you go to bed, then the level of that chemical goes down more quickly and you'll wake up earlier the next day. Surprisingly it doesn't make it that much harder to go to sleep either, although if you're not already tolerant to coffee, all bets are off on falling asleep promptly.

Other things that affect the body clock are light, and food (big breakfasts are good for waking up early the next day, skipping breakfast = super bad).

Comment: Re:A miracle of modern diplomacy (Score 3, Informative) 190

by metlin (#47942413) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

Hell, even India got its independence peacefully, though the peace ended moments after independence.

You have no idea what the hell you're talking about.

The west idolizes Gandhi and completely ignores historical truths in the process. Gandhi waged a political war of attrition on the British, and a weakened Britain from WW2 caved in. But the truth is, Gandhi's role was the proverbial straw -- violent protests against the British were underway long before he was even born.

The first Indian battle of independence was in 1857, and was violent. There have been many, many violent conflicts with the British, up until the point of independence. In 1919, the British massacred thousands of non-violent protestors in Jhalianwala Bagh.

And from the hanging of the likes of Bhagat Singh (who was a socialist revolutionary) in 1931 to Subhas Chandra Bose's alliance with the Japanese and the Germans to fight the British, there were many militant freedom fighters who caused tangible hardship on the British.

Only someone ignorant of history would call the Indian independence movement peaceful. There's a reason Gandhi was shot dead -- he may have been a martyr in his death, but he waged a political battle with bitter consequences whose effects continue to be felt to this day.

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